Acer Aspire S7 Review: Hello, Skinny

Acer Aspire S7Acer has never been known as a super popular manufacturer of laptops. But then, the concept of Ultrabooks came along, and that all changed. Acer released the S7, and got props for creating one of the best super thin laptops running Windows 8 and using Intel Core technology. Enter, June of 2013, and a revision of that laptop has been announced: complete with an optional 2560×1440 display, bigger battery, and a new Intel Haswell processor, it aims to be the best in its category. However, just before the announcement, Acer sent me the current model without said improvements that will come out, later in the year. This is a review of Acer’s rise to Ultrabook popularity: the S7, first generation model.

Razer Black Widow Ultimate 2013 Keyboard Review

Razer Black Widow Ultimate 2013 ReviewThis probably the best straightforward keyboard that Razer USA currently produces. It’s the Black Widow Ultimate 2013. It’s everything your typical keyboard is, yet isn’t. Five programmable macro keys, along with variable backlit brightness, gaming profiles, and individual mechanical keys makes the Black Widows Ultimate 2013 a premium experience.

It really is made for gamers, but now isn’t it the time to find out if it really is good for games — and you know, typing?

Here’s The White Nexus 4

The White Nexus 4The Nexus  4 is pretty old now, after being launched in November of 2012, but that didn’t keep our curiosity away from the limited edition white model. It works just like the previous Nexus 4, in black, that I reviewed a few months back. The only difference between the two models is that the white Nexus 4 sports a white back side, and white sides.

Strangely, the front remains black, most likely to preserve the sense of immersion that comes along with have a screen showing deep blacks with black edges. Or, it could have been a supply/cost constraint. Regardless, we think the white Nexus 4 is pretty cool, especially with the free bumper that is being provided to early adopters of Google’s limited edition flagship handset. Also, in an effort to keep its mint condition, the screen protector hasn’t been removed, so it looks somewhat strange from the front.

More photos after the break.

Google Glass: When Torn Apart, It Still Looks Just As Cool

glass-teardown-exploded-top-thumbWell, it’s been a while since Google Glass has been available for Explorer program users and developers, but no one has been gutsy enough to take apart a $1,500 Glass prototype — until now, by Catwig. In the end, everything is rather simple: the Google Glass headset is just a ton of flexible components attached to a shell that just so happens to be fixed to the human head.

If you’re interested in specifics, what was found included: a custom Synaptics touchpad on the side which lets the user interact with Glass,a Google X-branded logic board, a TI OMAP4430 chip, 16GB of SanDisk flash, and an Elpida mobile DRAM chip. The battery is around 2.1 W in capacity — around 570mAh, if you convert it. Oh, and the display is 640×360 pixels in resolution.


Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom: A 16MP Camera With A Phone’s Body

galaxy-s4-zoom-This is the much-rumored Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom —  a 16 megapixel camera with 10x zoom, optical stabilization, and Xenon flash. The physical device has a dual-core 1.5GHz Exynos processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 8 gigs of internal storage. Obviously, a microSD slot is present for adding more space. To take your pictures, there’s a 4.3-inch screen which contains 960 x 540 pixels, powered by a 2,330mAh removable battery, and running on Android 4.2.2 . Meanwhile, a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC make up the rest of the cameraphone.

No word on pricing, but initial observations place it somewhere near the $600 mark.


iFixit Tears Apart The New Macbook Air, Finds Lots Of Changes

macbookair-6-13-teardownWhat’s new? A new technology product is released, the engineers at iFixit get their hands on it, then proceed to tear it apart. That’s the drill for years now, and nothing has changed. Enter, the new 13.3-inch Macbook Air for 2013, and iFixit has found two notable changes from previous models in their examination of its guts: a smaller SSD (solid state drive) and lots of space for the batteries. In fact, the battery is a massive 7,150mAh in capacity, and sits nearby the new Broadcom 802.11ac WiFi chip. To compensate for the lack of space, Apple reduced the size of SSD by using dithcing a SATA  connection to a more efficient and smaller PCI Express method — all of this in the name of design.

Of course, iFixit did give Apple’s new darling ultrabooks a low “repairability” score — the benchmark score of which they determine how hard or easy it is to mess with or fix all of the most recent gadgets — a measly 4 out of 10 is what it got.

Oh well.


The First Destiny Gameplay Trailer Has Arrived

destiny splash PSUWarlock and Hunter — two character classes shown off in the Destiny on-stage gameplay at E3 2013 this year, as well as the just-released gameplay trailer. Bungie’s post-Halo project looks absolutely fantastic, with an initial mission on post-apocalyptic Earth, blowing alien bad guys to shreds. As it had been confirmed for months now, Destiny will be released on both current-gen and next-gen consoles next year, with no regard to not being awesome. Check out the gameplay trailer, after the break!

Mad Catz Goes All Out On New Keyboard, Headsets, And More For E3 2013

madcatz-2013-gearMadCatz, one of the biggest gaming accessory contenders on the market, has taken into account that it’s time to release some new hardware for E3. So, a couple of universal headsets, a PC gaming keyboard and two other PC and Mac headsets should do just about right, right? The first two major products, the TRITTON Kunai Universal and F.R.E.Q. 4D stereo headset (releases in summer and fall 2013, respectively) are both GameSmart initiative devices: so they’ll work on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U along with PCs, Macs, Android phones, iPhones, and anything else with a 3.5mm or USB port.

Us PC gamers get access to the lower-end S.T.R.I.K.E 3, little brother to the 5 and 7 keyboards that Mad Catz released earlier. It sports mechanical keys, adjustable backlighting and programmable macro keys  — release date is in the fall.

Via: MadCatz